Day 1 - June 1 2013 - Gurgaon - Ambala - 240 kms

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After 3 months of planning on the routes, things to carry for the trip, preparing our bikes, acquiring the tools, spares and medicines, finally the day has come June 1st! We sent out bikes from Bangalore to Delhi via packers and movers and we flew from Bangalore to Delhi. It was raining heavily in Bangalore the previous night and the day of flight. At the airport people started staring at us with us moving the saddle bags helmets around in the trolley with us wearing the riding jackets and boots. We were easily the weirdest looking people in the airport that day. The flight journey was spent sleeping as we had just a couple of hours of sleep the previous night. We landed at Delhi Domestic airport on time; it was first time for me at Delhi. We quickly rushed to the pre-paid taxi stand and booked a cab to Gurgaon sector 6 where the packers and movers’ warehouse was located. We were very anxious to see our bikes. We had sent them through Sunlite packers and movers 10 days prior to this day. They charged 5k per bike from Bangalore to here. We have heard stories of bikes being damaged during the transit and had the fear of such incident. When we reached the place we saw our bikes standing with the package that was done in Bangalore. Went near and started unpacking the bikes and to our surprise the bikes were in as-is condition. That was a great start for us flight being on time and bikes transported in good condition, I knew the trip is going to be a cool one. 

Our bikes saddled up and all set for the ride

Me posing with the bikes and happy 

Vignesh - my companion for this epic journey!

By the time we unpacked the bikes, loaded the luggage and saddled up it was around 12 noon. The heat was unbearable and not to mention riding with the gears on we were sweating like pigs inside. We used our Android’s GPS and google maps to navigate through Delhi to catch the NH1 towards Ambala. We missed a turn and were caught in Delhi’s traffic. We had to take a u-turn and get back on track. Huge traffic jams were frustrating, but we were expecting all this. After an hour and half we hit the proper highway. First thing we did was to gulp 2 liters of water each and bought additional bottles for the rides. We were surviving on the sandwich that we had on our flight in the morning. 

On NH1

After a few kilometers into the ride we stopped at a Dhaba for a late lunch, before we got in a guy who was riding a bullet stopped by and enquired about our trip. He suggested us to proceed to a place called Sukh Dev Dhaba and that’s the best Dhaba in this region. We obliged him and moved on. After 50 kms we found this Dhaba which was terribly crowded. Almost every passing car stopped by this place. Car parking was huge, we managed to park the bikes and get in. It was a totally chaotic place with people waiting in queues to find a place to sit! We rushed back to the bikes and immediately left that crowded dhaba. We were almost drained of our energy and didn’t want to wait to find a place to sit! We stopped at the next dhaba which didn’t have any customers. All we wanted was some food and a place to rest! We had parathas, took rest there and decided to wait till the heat subsides. We spent an hour there and by that time it was around 4 PM. 

At the tea break

We were back on roads and with one more stop for tea we reached Ambala . Found a decent hotel to stay which was closer to the highway. Had a good dinner and went to bed.

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